A herbal remedy for bacterial vaginosis is just one of several alternative treatments for bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is caused by an imbalance of bacteria within the vagina.
Under normal circumstances, there are two types of bacteria present with a woman’s vagina-”good” and “bad”. Usually, they can co-exist, with the good bacteria keeping the bad bacteria under control. Although there can be various reasons why the bacteria can become out of balance (common reasons might include overwashing, a change of sexual partner or even something as simple as a change in washing detergent) the result is normally bacterial vaginosis, the very unpleasant condition which causes symptoms such as a gray, watery discharge, burning, itching and general discomfort around the vaginal area and, most noticeably, the strong fishy odor.
Doctors will often prescribe antibiotics to get rid of bacterial vaginosis and these work by killing off bacteria. Unfortunately, they are unable to distinguish between the “good” and “bad” bacteria within the vagina so it is all killed off. This means that once bacteria begins to naturally repopulate the vagina, the bad bacteria has the chance to overtake the good and the whole cycle begins again. This is why it is very common for women to suffer from repeat attacks of bacterial vaginosis within a few weeks of taking antibiotics.
Certain herbs have excellent antibacterial properties and can form part of a good herbal remedy for bacterial vaginosis. These include garlic and olive leaf extract, both of which can be taken in capsule form and tea tree oil, which can be bought as pessaries to insert into the vagina (you must ensure that the pessaries are suitable for internal use). Oil of Oregano and Colloidal Silver are also known to have antibacterial properties and can be bought in concentrated form usually in a dropper-style bottle.